“…What the Bible asserts is, the necessity of presenting the sacrifice in the presence of God.  It was necessary to carry in the blood to the mercy seat, on the great day of atonement, as well as to shed it at the altar.  It was needful that Jesus should go up, and carry in His blood—His person as the Lamb slain—to the holiest of all, before the Father.  The presentation, and the acceptance that followed thereon, are the acts that are so vastly important in regard to reconciliation, and the consequent gift of the Holy Ghost, and all that was included therein.

“That the presentation of Himself was infinitely important is evident from such passages as John xvi. 10, ‘Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more.’ And ver. 28, ‘Again I leave the world, and go to the Father.’  The ancient types shadowed forth this truth in the sprinkling of the blood before the Lord, after the sacrifice was slain. And many are the occasions in the law of Moses where this is required to be done, sometimes ‘before the veil,’ or ‘before the Lord;’ sometimes, on the mercy-seat.  The reason is obvious.  This presentation of the atonement to the Lord was a public declaration of all claims being settled.  When Jesus ascended to the right hand of power, it was as if in presence of the hosts of God he had come up and put the gold pieces of the ransom money into the Father’s hand.  And thus the Father is able evermore to point to this ransom as the ground of all his gracious acts to sinners.

“Now, as this presented sacrifice was to be the ground on which the Father was to dispense all grace, it is put in that place where it is certain to meet every eye in heaven.  It is put beside the Father.  Jesus in our nature is seated at the Right Hand!  Every eye that looks towards the throne sees the Lamb too!  God’s vindicated holiness is seen—God’s honoured law is seen—God’s grace and truth are seen—in Him who sits in that seat of eternal glory.  Every act of grace to sinners turns the eye of all heaven anew to the right hand.”


(Andrew Bonar, Redemption Drawing Nigh: A Defence of the Premillennial Advent, “Leading Objections,” Chpt. VIII, pp 140-141, 1847)

Andrew Bonar on Christ’s Vicarious Atonement


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